A Wonderful Life

Well, i have nothing but wonderful news to report. Hubby’s grandpa came home in time to spend a beautiful Christmas with the family. He’s not 100 percent, but he’s home and he’s well. Grandma is so happy to be home.

There are so many things running through my head, i don’t know where to start. For starters, hubby has an appointment with a hypnotist next week. He wants to not be such a picky eater and we’ve heard that hypnotism works. We’ll see. I will be so happy if it works.

Yesterday i visited my paternal grandparents and toted home a ton of old family photos. My winter project is to get them all scanned and saved digitally. I made a (very short) DVD of family videos for them for Christmas. It was kinda neat to see my dad’s first birthday and stuff.

My goals for the new year are to lose weight, get ahead financially, and get pregnant. Not that i’m asking for alot or anything! A little elbow grease and determination will get the job done, i just know it!

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Why not?

I like to check our checking accounts online daily. My hubby is not always prompt to give me the day’s receipts for me to put in the check register. Since we don’t use credit cards anymore, we use the debit/credit card connected to the checking account. I would like to go on record though for my ingenious solution to hubby’s overspending. We have two checking accounts. One to pay the bills, this is where our paychecks are deposited. And another one for business use. We each have a card to only one account.

So, anyway, I’m checking our accounts online the other day and i see that the business account is severely overdrawn. Immediately the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and i can feel the heat rising from my toes to my ears. I WAS P-I-S-S-E-D. I instantly sent a text message to my hubby saying WTF? He calls me and claims he didn’t buy anything for $912, but he’ll call the bank and see what’s going on. A few hours later, he calls me back. Apparently, someone has got a hold of his debit card number and helped themself to a shopping spree. Upon further investigation, we discovered that the charge was an online order to a powersports store about 45 miles from our house. At this point, i cracked up laughing. Why not? We’ve gone through every imaginable tribulation at this point. Why not identity theft? Ha!

Surprisingly, the bank has been very helpful and pro-active in getting this resolved. The next day there was another charge to Circuit City for $688. By now, we’re just rolling in the aisles laughing hysterically. And you know the funniest part? Somehow, these a-holes were able to purchase $1500 worth of stuff on our card. But, if we were to make a deposit today, and needed gas this evening (hoping the fact that the banks were closed would float the transaction until the next day when the deposit is posted) our card would be rejected. Imagine that.

So, as of this morning, the original charges have all been removed from our account, the card has been cancelled, and all that remains is the 7 overdraft charges that we incurred due to the a-holes.

On a good note, hubby is headed to Tennessee this afternoon to retrieve grandpa and bring him home finally! The doctors have given him a clean bill of health, he just needs some intense physical therapy to regain his strength. Praise God!!!

You get what you give

The other day, my mom called me and recounted a conversation she had had with my grandmother. The topic of conversation isn’t important, but I hung up the phone ashamed of my mother for being so rude to my grandma. Regardless of your personal feelings of someone, I believe all personal achievements deserve to be praised. Instead, my mother chose to (and i still don’t understand) make fun of this particular individual and make assumptions regarding the motive behind the achievement. She thought it was silly to make such a fuss over an achievement at their age. Maybe it’s just me, but i didn’t realize there was a time limit on accolades for accomplishments. For the past few days, i haven’t been able to get this off my mind. I certainly hope that she is not proud of her behavior.

As it so happens, this afternoon i came across this little story in my inbox. I think it’s appropriate timing is worth sharing. This caption from my daily e-mail from joke-of-the-day.com

A father and a son were taking a walk in the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAhhhhh!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAhhhhh!”

Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!”

He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”
And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!”
Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!”

The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this Echo, but really this is Life. It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.

This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it.” Your life is not a coincidence; It is a reflection of you.

This is Rex Barker, reminding you that life is a boomerang – you get out what you put in.